Wow. What a night.
Mississippi State is heading to the Final Four.
Our ticket to Dallas is PUNCHED! WE'RE GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR! #HailState pic.twitter.com/1cpkuvOtqV— MSU W. Basketball (@HailStateWBK) March 27, 2017
In a back-and-forth heavyweight fight that featured one-seeded Baylor and second-seeded Mississippi State go into overtime to settle their battle, the Bulldogs threw the last punch and recorded the knockout to reach the Final Four for the first time in program history.
The first half featured two highly talented teams throw punches at one another with the opponent coming back with a counter. Baylor got out to a quick 9-0 run in the first, but the Bulldogs came back strong to show the top-seeded team in the region that they were in for a battle. Trailing by one on their last possession of the opening quarter, Mississippi State went into the second quarter with a two point lead thanks to a buzzer-beating bank shot for three. From that moment on, it was Morgan William’s night.
Morgan William had one of the greatest performances in Mississippi State history to lead the Maroon and White to the biggest stage in all of college hoops.
William just could not miss.
Coming into the game with only fourteen made threes all season, the junior floor general burst onto the scene in the biggest game in program history by making 6 of her 8 three point shots, dishing out 7 assists, and totaling 41 points - a career high and the most ever by a SEC player in a tournament game on a legendary night. Her performance in the most important game in the program history will go down as one of the greatest performances in Mississippi State history. The amazing effort by the undersized guard with a big heart earned her Regional MVP honors.
Most Points in NCAA Women's Tournament Game— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 27, 2017
2017 Morgan William 41
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw 39
As the region MVP, @iTsMorgan_2 gets to cut the net first! #HailState pic.twitter.com/6k6ks8s51k— MSU W. Basketball (@HailStateWBK) March 27, 2017
This night is special for William for more than what she did on the court:
Three years ago yesterday, Morgan William's dad died.— ESPN (@espn) March 27, 2017
Tonight, she scored 41 to lead her team to the Final Four. https://t.co/T5uVlMVzSy
In addition to the unbelivable performance by their fearless leader, Victoria Vivians exploded for the first time all tournament. The superstar guard has embraced her new role off the bench for the first three games of The Dance, but was back in the starting five Sunday evening. Back in her orginial role, Vivians accounted for 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists to push Mississippi State to victory. Sweet Sixteen star Teaira McCowan added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and one block, and Breanna Richardson added 8 more points in the monumental win.
.@VictoriaVivians got her piece of MSU history! #HailState pic.twitter.com/I5Ke81AziE— MSU W. Basketball (@HailStateWBK) March 27, 2017
Between a legendary performance, a wildly exciting overtime period, and a gigantic win that catapulted the Bulldogs to their first ever Final Four, the program’s first Elite Eight ever was an absoulute classic that will be in the minds of Mississippi State fans everywhere for years to come.
We present to you the HEAD COACH and FIRST FAMILY of #HailStateHoops! #HailState pic.twitter.com/lwTKJ8FEwy— MSU W. Basketball (@HailStateWBK) March 27, 2017
Mississippi State will leave Oklahoma City for Starkville at approximately 11:30 tonight.
The Bulldogs will be in Dallas next weekend to take on four-time defending champion UConn for a shot at revenge and a chance to play for a national championship.
Dak Prescott is happy:
@HailState @HailStateWBK See You In Dallas! Let's Paint Dallas Maroon!!! #HAILSTATE— Dak Prescott (@dak) March 27, 2017
See you in Dallas. Hail State!